What is KIYOCAYO
KIYOCAYO COMPASS is a Tropical Rainforest Institute of Belize.ECO-System (TRIBZ.ECO) cooperative extension project initiated by the IKI.XI YAKU TAN-I Tribal Society & Allied indigenous traditional communities of Cayo district Belize to warrant the revival of endangered rainforest species such as the Yucatan howler monkey. KIYO is an IKI.XI YAKU TAN-I tone that transliterates as monkey or baboon. KIYO is also rooted in the tone KAYA which transliterates as perpetual abundance, rainforest-community or biodiversity. Among the IKI.XI YAKU TAN-I Tribal Society, monkeys/baboons are viewed as sacred beings and relative examples of nature’s highly organized biodiversity.
Spirit of the Howler Monkey
KIYOCAYO COMPASS has adopted the Yucatan Black Howler Monkey as our spirit totem. The Yucatan Black Howler Monkey is an international celebrity and distinguished resident of the Cayo rainforest community. With its distinctive howl, it holds the Guinness book of records title as the loudest land animal on Earth. We use the Yucatan Black Howler Monkey’s call as an example to raise our own voices and advocate against the deforestation and exploitation of Belizean lands and natural resources. #GOHowlers
Compassion is Our Compass
We view compassion as an essential device for exploring and pathfinding new ways toward conscious continuity for all. Our planet-compass token represents our compassion for protecting and conserving one of the most critical rainforests on earth.
The tropical rainforests biomes throughout the tiny nation of Belize generate a large portion of the Earth's oxygen, water aquifers and biodiversity including flora used to develop new pharmaceutical breakthroughs and fauna including insects, reptiles, mammals, birds etc. Limited financial and technical resources administered by the Government of Belize (GOB) and subsequent inadequacies in staffing, transportation, equipment and professional capacity make government managed conservation and protected area security efforts an impossible challenge without the mobilization of local communities and non-governmental organizations (NGOs).
KIYOCAYO COMPASS is designed to orient marginalized indigenous traditional communities (ITCs) throughout Cayo District Belize toward new emerging opportunities in environmental exploration and conservation services, socioeconomic advancement and realization of critical global sustainable development goals (SDGs), while answering ever-increasing demands for qualified biodiversity science and security professionals throughout Belize and the Centro-America/CARICOM region. Throughout antiquity the exploration and conservation of nature has remained an integral part of the biocultural archive of ITCs that inhabit these rainforests. Case studies have revealed the success of ITC managed conservation programs and how they can play a critical role in future climate change mitigation and adaption strategies throughout the region.
KIYOCAYO COMPASS recognizes every citizen of Planet Earth as a significant stakeholder in this innovative project and we ask for your swift action in helping us secure donations conservation land grants, funding partnerships, in-kind contributions, sponsorships and endorsements to assist us in protecting and conserving Belizean rainforests for future generations.
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